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The battered Ottawa Senators’ defence corps will get a significant boost with the return of Anton Volchenkov this week.
The defenceman confirmed he will return to the lineup on Friday night in Buffalo after missing 15 games with a broken right index finger.
“It’s in good shape and I’m ready to play,” Volchenkov said on Wednesday morning.
Ovechkin with 4 goals, Mike Fisher with 3, all in the 3rd period.
Watch all 14 goals in about 7 minutes…
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Ray Emery’s days with the Senators could be coming to an end.
One of the players hung a necktie in Emery’s place in the empty net where the backup goalie was supposed to be yesterday during practice at Scotiabank Place….
Murray would probably like to use Emery to acquire a top-six forward, but with Emery’s struggles on the ice and his actions off it, his value may have never been lower.
“I really don’t think they could trade Ray Emery in his current state,” an NHL executive said yesterday. “Nobody is going to want the baggage that goes with him right now.”
Two players told the Sun yesterday that the Senators are having a difficult time with Emery constantly leaving morning skates early or not going on the ice for optional practices.
A Q&A with Jason Spezza by David Amber at ESPN,
Q: If you didn’t play in Ottawa, where do you think you would have the best time being Jason Spezza, NHL star?
A: Well Jason Spezza, “The NHL star,” would have to be somewhere else in Canada, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, just because you get recognized. But I think I would like to play in New York. It’s a city I really like, there is so much going on, there are so many places to hide and do your own thing. Sometimes, the celebrity aspect is nice, but a lot of times it’s nice to hide, too.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
After swinging his goalie stick and sending some Gatorade bottles on the club’s bench flying, Emery tossed his stick into the stands before heading to the dressing room.
Alfredsson said last night if Emery wants to get back in net he has to work harder in practice and earn a start from coach John Paddock because the current situation is frustrating for everyone involved.
“To get considered for a start, (the coaching staff) is looking for (Emery) to show that he wants to be in there,” said Alfredsson, who didn’t see the incident. “You have to work hard in practice to show that you want to play. That’s what most players do when they’re not playing and the goalies are no different.”
added 12:42pm, via the Globe and Mail,
The Ottawa Senators held an open practice on Friday morning in Ottawa with only one goaltender on the ice.
Ray Emery, who ended Thursday morning’s skate with an on-ice tantrum, was nowhere to be seen a day later. He was sent home by team officials after showing up at the rink.
added 12:50pm, from the Ottawa Sun,
“I told him to go home because he wasn’t feeling good,” said Senators coach John Paddock after practice. Paddock added he expects Emery to be back at practice on Saturday.
from Bruce Garrioch of the OTtawa Sun,
Senators coach John Paddock doesn’t want to hear any more whining after the holidays.
Just before the Rangers game and the two-day break, Paddock confirmed that Ottawa players have been complaining about their role and ice time.
Paddock’s had enough.
“Obviously there’s players, and everybody should want to do more, but they think that they should contribute more offensively or think they can play with certain players or they deserve more ice time,” said Paddock
from The Local,
The NHL season will begin with two matches between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Ottawa Senators at Stockholm’s Globe Arena, according Eurosport’s Swedish website.
The matches will be played next autumn, the reports say. In addition to the Globe matches, the Ottawa team will mean Swedish team Frölunda at Gothenburg’s Scandinavium.
Globe Arena manager Maj-Britt Gustafsson Wallin did not deny the reports when contacted by Eurosport.
from the Ottawa Citizen,
Despite the fact they advanced to the Stanley Cup final last season and currently lead the Eastern Conference with a record of 22-7-3, the Senators are one of the worst road draws in the league, ranking 26th among 30 teams.
Jason Spezza isn’t complaining, though. In fact, he suggests the small numbers almost make home-ice advantage meaningless.
“When you’re on the road, you’re never too worried about the crowd,” said Spezza, currently on a torrid pace, with five goals and six assists in his past four games. “It works to our advantage if it’s a dead building.”
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
“I’ve heard some rumours, but I don’t pay too much attention to them,” Hossa, who scored 188 goals in 467 games as a Senator from 1997-2004, told an audience of one following a workout.
“I’m here right now, and my focus is to help this team. Whatever happens, it’s up to management and my agent.
“I feel comfortable here. It’s a great place,” he added. “The main thing is winning the hockey games and having a good team. That’s my priority. I’m not rushing right now to sign a deal ... I want to know how the team is.”
more on Hossa and the Senators too…
from the Ottawa Sun,
“I had little conflicts with Bryan Murray all last year,” Schaefer said before last night’s game against his former team. “Once John got fired and (Murray) became the GM, I pretty much knew I was going to be moved.
“At the end of year meeting, (Murray) told me he expected me to come back (this season) and have a good year. Two days later, he called me in Vancouver and told me I had been traded to Boston. I just chuckled and said thanks.
“I think it’s a business and any time you tell someone one thing and something better comes along, you do it. There’s no hard feelings against (Murray).
“At the same time, I’m probably not going to go and bake cupcakes with him at Christmas, either.”
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